Nordic Capitalisms and Globalization: New Forms of Economic Organization and Welfare Institutions

Nordic Capitalisms and Globalization: New Forms of Economic Organization and Welfare Institutions


Edited by Peer Hull Kristensen, Edited by Kari Lilja


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 20mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 16 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199655847
  • ISBN 13: 9780199655847
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,047,967

Product description

In the early 1990s the Nordic countries were considered to be in a serious situation. The costs of welfare states, generous unemployment benefits, high taxation rates, strong unions, and centralized wage bargaining were thought to be undermining their competitiveness in an age of rapid globalization. By 2005 however, they all ranked at the top of a number of performance indexes on economic competitiveness and sustainability. Citizens in the Nordic countries continue to participate in and benefit from globalization on a much wider scale than in any other similarly highly developed country, and these countries increasingly provide templates within the EU for imitation and social innovation. This book investigates how and why welfare services, active labour market institutions, and public policies were re-combined into enabling and risk-sharing mechanisms to stimulate innovation, and how this made it possible for firms to change their work organization and pursue highly rewarding and distinctive globalization strategies. Through detailed analysis of Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, this book reveals the dynamics and transformations of their national business systems, and the emerging new patterns of interaction between firms, labour markets, and institutions. It will be valuable addition to the literature on social innovation and institutional entrepreneurship.

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Author information

Dr Kari Lilja is Professor in Organization and Management at Aalto University School of Economics. He has been among the pioneers in setting up the research tradition of national business systems since the late 1980s. He has published in the areas of industrial relations, work organization and managerial work, internationalization of corporations, as well as in the comparative study of national business systems.

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This is an interesting book that presents very comprehensive research on developments in business systems and firm and employee behaviour in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden). It will be an important book for many researchers in international and comparative employment relations. Erling Rasmussen (Auckland Uiversity of Technology, New Zealand) Journal of Industrial Relations a marvelous collection of case studies showing how welfare policies in Nordic countries are co-evolving with increasingly open-ended, networked and continuously self-recomposing relations in the social economy. Gary Herrigel, Socio-Economic Review

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. The Co-evolution of Experimentalist Business Systems and Enabling Welfare States: Nordic Countries in Transition ; 2. Finland: Innovating the Global Positioning of Flagship Companies and Foreign Owned Subsidiaries ; 3. Denmark: Tailoring Flexicurity for Changing Roles in Global Games ; 4. Norway: Consolidating the Core of Raw Material Refinement and Integrating Peripheral Companies in Innovative Global Dynamics ; 5. Sweden: From Large Corporations towards Knowledge Intensive Economy ; 6. Developing Comprehensive, Enabling Welfare States for Offensive Experimentalist Business Practices